Friday, April 30, 2021

W.O.C.K On Vinyl: William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy - Spaced Out [The Very Best Of ] (1997)

Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song / album at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny

One of the true ultimates in so-bad-it's-sublime listening. This collection culls the most interesting results of the famously bad recording careers of Star Trek's Kirk and Spock, both of whom recorded albums in the late 1960s. William Shatner's seven cuts all stem from his notorious album 'The Transformed Man', which the liner notes aptly describe as "a bewildering collision of Dylan, Shakespeare, and the Beatles, narrated over a strangely disconnected free-for-all." 

Leonard Nimoy, meanwhile, gets considerably more attention, having recorded five albums of "musical" material -- mostly covers of folk-rock contemporary tunes. He turns in no genuinely good material, but his unsteady attempts at carrying a tune are worth more than a few laughs, whether in his struggles to keep the meter in "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" or his attempts to channel the "spirit" of Spock in "Highly Illogical" and "Spock Thoughts" (the latter of which is actually "Desiderata"). Although a high rating seems inappropriate for a collection such as this, 'Spaced Out' is actually that and is a must-have for ironists who wish to impress their friends with pop culture detritus. 

What? You and I sing together?
This is totally illogical Captain

So this months WOCK on Vinyl pays tribute to this pair of Treky icons, who perhaps should have stuck to their Warp Speed Adventures on the Enterprise rather than inflicting their spaced out vocal cords on this unsuspecting civilisation. Weird, Wacky and Warped folks. Enjoy and may you live a long and prosperous life, while you can.   

Ripped from CD to MP3 (320kps) and includes full album artwork and Liner Notes. Note alternative cover shown below.

Track Listing
01. King Henry The Fifth
 [William Shatner]
02. Elegy For The Brave 
[William Shatner]
03. Highly Illogical 
[Leonard Nimoy]
04. If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song) 
[Leonard Nimoy]
05. Mr. Tambourine Man 
[William Shatner]
06. Where Is Love 
[Leonard Nimoy]
07. Music To Watch Space Girls By 
[Leonard Nimoy]
08. It Was A Very Good Year 
[William Shatner]
09. Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town 
[Leonard Nimoy]
10. Hamlet 
[William Shatner]
11. A Visit To A Sad Planet 
[Leonard Nimoy]
12. Abraham, Martin and John 
[Leonard Nimoy]
13. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 
[William Shatner]
14. If I Was A Carpenter 
[Leonard Nimoy]
15. How Insensitive 
[William Shatner]
16. I'd Love Making Love To You 
[Leonard Nimoy]
17. Put A Little Love In Your Heart 
[Leonard Nimoy]
18. Sunny 
[Leonard Nimoy]
19. Gentle On My Mind 
[Leonard Nimoy]
20. I Walk The Line 
[Leonard Nimoy]
21. Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins 
[Leonard Nimoy]
22. Everybody's Talkin' 
[Leonard Nimoy]
23. Both Sides Now 
[Leonard Nimoy]
24. Spock Thoughts 
[Leonard Nimoy]

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